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Talking to your child about their medical condition or diagnosis can be overwhelming. Use this material to guide you in these hard conversations. And remember, your health care team is your partner in this health care journey.
There is no right time to talk to your child about a diagnosis or condition. Some parents talk to their child when the child is young. Then they give more specific details as the child ages and is ready. Others wait until their child is older. They may feel that when the child is older, they will be able to understand and process the information better.
No matter where you are in the process of talking about your child’s diagnosis and treatment, open communication between you and your child is the most important aspect. By creating trust and speaking openly, you can create a deeper connection. This can help you navigate even the hardest topics.
Each family has its own history and style of talking to one another. Families face many issues, feelings, and questions. Your care team wants to work together for the benefit of your child and your family. They can help support your family during this education process and beyond.
Throughout this process, contact your nurse practitioner, social worker, or child life specialist with questions.
Reviewed: September 2022